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Slater extends to 2005 as RP McMurphy



Story by Jack Foley

CHRISTIAN Slater has agreed to extend his portrayal of legendary character, RP McMurphy, in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, due to public demand to see him in the role.

The popular production has broken box office records at The Gielgud Theatre, where it has been showing since September, following its transfer from Edinburgh.

The show was due to close on December 4, 2004, but has now been extended by one month, to January 1, 2005, after which Slater must return to America to fulfil filming commitments.

Slater said he was delighted to be able to extend the run, stating that he is having a great time in England.

"The show is so much fun for all of us in the cast that we are thrilled to continue with it to 2005," he added.

His views were echoed by show producer, Nica Burns, who commented: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has broken box office records at the Gielgud Theatre.

"It has won a new audience and receives a fantastic response every night. It is terrific that Christian and the cast are able to extend and give more people the opportunity to see the show."

The show, which is based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel (which was transformed so memorably into a film, starring Jack Nicholson), also stars Frances Barber, as the wickedly evil Nurse Ratched, and Mackenzie Crook (of TV's The Office), as one of McMurphy's fellow patients, Billy Bibbitt.

The production has been playing to packed audiences and is a favourite of IndieLondon's theatre critics, who caught up with it earlier this month.

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